Escaping under chicken wire-

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nyna, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Nyna

    Nyna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! What do you guys put at the bottom of a chicken wire run? They are pushing out the bottom and crawling underneath it. I wanted something that looks kinda nice. I dunno. Any neat ideas?[​IMG]
     
  2. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    I surrounded my coop/yard with nice size rocks in the front and logs on the side and back - yes both inside and out. Works like a charm. Also deters any animal on the outside from trying to dig its way in.
     
  3. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    If you want it to look nice, you can even get the large decorative rocks frmo somewhere like Lowe's or Home Depot.
     
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    or run a 6 inch board from post to post. nail the chicken wire to it. They wont be able to push thru it.
     
  5. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    my fence was burried a couple inches under neath the ground, but they decided to make a dust bathing hole there so now anything can get in + out.
     
  6. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the neighbor's coop, I took 2' chicken wire and placed it on the ground, perpendicular to the fence. Then we took the thin wire which the manufacturer wraps around the roll and used it to stitch the 2' wire to the wire on the fence. That was covered at the edge where the fence wire meets the ground wire with a row of bricks.

    Our idea here was that a predator who walked up to the fence and wanted to dig under would try to dig down - not realizing they had to move a couple feet back and tunnel under.
     
  7. catballou24

    catballou24 Out Of The Brooder

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    we buried our fence 12 inches and poured concrete in there...then covered it with dirt again..[​IMG] seems to work great. they quit burrowing underneath..[​IMG]
     
  8. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also buried my wire about 2 ft out with dirt......no problems since.............
     
  9. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    I've got old railroad ties (or at least boards about the same size) around the insider perimeter of my run.
     
  10. Firefyter-Emt

    Firefyter-Emt Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like the cement idea! Keep in mind, to make it even eaiser, you can just pour a layer of redi-mix onto the fence and burry it. Rain will turn it into cement soon enough, you do not need to take the time to mix it and dump it in.

    Thanks for that idea, this will come into play when I build my coop!
     

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